WHAT: KYNREN – AN EPIC TALE WHY: OUTDOOR THEATRE EVENT WITH FIREWORKS WHEN: 29TH JUNE – 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019 (EXCEPTION – 3RD AUGUST) WHERE: FOREGROUND OF COUNTY DURHAM’S CASTLE COST: SEE THE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS
Established in 2016, this event was recently voted as one of the top 5 must-see events on Trip Advisor and it made its way into The Times’ top 30 Great Britain mini break recommendation, so it has certainly reached a bigger than expected audience.
Basically, it is an hour and a half of a brief rundown of England’s history over the last 2000 years. A cast of thousands including thespians and support staff all pull together with experts in pyrotechnics to bring to life some of the great events which put the Great in Britain.
Be warned, this is a wholly outdoor event so you will be exposed to the elements with absolutely no shelter so if the weather does change, get ready to be wet.
The story being told is about a young man called ‘Arthur’ who travels back through time giving a brief snapshot of historical events and influences along the way. 2000 years of drama packed into 90 minutes of entertainment featuring battles, pageantry and of course Viking invasions alongside medieval horseplay.
From Boudicca to the Tudor court, Stephenson’s steam engine, longboats, and even a nod to Roman ruler Emperor Constantine from 306AD.
All this and fireworks from the professional firing team from Reaction Fireworks – previous winners of both the British Firework and British Musical Firework championships – what more could you want.
WHAT: SAFARI PARK ADVENTURE WITH FIREWORKS WHERE: WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK, BEWDLEY, WEST MIDLANDS DY12 1LF WHEN: SATURDAY 10TH AND SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018 COST:SATURDAY £14.40 – FROM 3 YEARS TO ADULT&SUNDAY £13.60 – FROM 3 YEARS TO ADULT (UNDER 3S FREE)
This weekend sees the return of the Safari Park Adventure which features fabulous fireworks.
There is a firework display which lasts around 16 -20 minutes and is the responsibility of Jubilee Fireworks who are one of the primo professional display teams in the UK today.
The event brings together wildlife and fireworks and there are events throughout from when it opens at 1pm.
The following are taking place:
• ICE AGE
• LAND OF THE DINOSAURS
• LORIKEET LANDING (RAINBOW LORIKEET ARE A TYPE OF AUSTRALIAN PARROT)
• CREEPY CRAWLIES – SPIDERS AND INSECTS
• MARK O’SHEAS REPTILE WORLD
• AFRICAN VILLAGE
• SEA LION SHOW
There are a number of food and drink concessions on site so you don’t have to go hungry and if you do wish to use all the rides, the cost is £21.00 per person from 3 years plus.
The Park is open from 1pm and the Bonfire will be lit at 5.45pm and the fireworks are due to start at 6.30pm
WHAT: FIREWORK CHAMPIONS – NEWBY HALL – THE COMPETITORS WHY: NATIONAL FIREWORK COMPETITION WHERE: NEWBY HALL, RIPON, NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK WHEN: SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018 TIME: 6:00PM TO 10:30PM
Firework Champions started in 2002 and has continued to go from strength to strength, bringing together the best in the fireworks industry to share best practice and of course, spy on one another and chat about new products brought in over the winter months. It really does give them all the chance to shake it up and battle for bragging rights.
The setting for the first of the amazing Firework Champions events is the beautiful Newby Hall, just outside Ripon in North Yorkshire.
This beautiful house was built in the late 17th century by Sir Christopher Wren and was further extended and adapted by Robert Adam in the later 18th century who added the now world-renowned
neoclassical features. Today, the house is home to Richard and Linda Compton who moved into the house in 1999 with their children and continue to oversee all the running and maintenance of the
house and gardens.
The house has a rich past and was notably a recommended place of safety for the Royal Family during the war. More recently, Newby Hall was amongst the filming locations for two of THE best dramas on TV in the last couple of years (IMHO); Peaky Blinders (give me an oooosh ladies!) which is early 20th-century gangland life and Victoria, about the reign and life of Queen Victoria.
The competitors for this heat of the Firework Champions calendar are as follows:
BLAZE FIREWORKS – WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE
A small firm from Wakefield in West Yorkshire which was established in 2014 and their mission is to offer exceptional quality pyrotechnics at a price you can afford. They competed at a Firework Champions Event at Newby Hall in 2016 and were narrowly beaten. However, as a relative newcomer to the professional firework world, they will I’m sure to have more than a couple of surprises up their sleeve – one to watch.
BLITZ FIREWORKS – CREWE, CHESHIRE
Fifteen years of experience and they are a retailer as well as display specialists. This company recently opened a new retail outlet and now supply fireworks, fancy dress and specialist balloons. In 2014 they picked up back to back wins at the Firework Champions events at Belvoir Castle and then the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. Last year, they collected another win at the Arley Hall Firework Champions event. Their displays are known for being clean and crisp pyro with exceptional choreography and timings which are on another level altogether. Let’s see what they can bring to the table as the most experienced competing team but rest assured, they know it is anyone’s game.
SPECTRUM FIREWORKS & SPECIAL EFFECTS – JARROW, TYNE AND WEAR
Clients include Sunderland FC, local councils and of course more than a smattering of festivals around the country. The team have not competed at Firework Champions before so it will be refreshing to see what they have on offer for the crowds at Newby Hall.
The closing display is provided by event organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics from Daventry who has a fantastic international pedigree competing last year at St Brevin in France after a win there in 2014 thoroughly enjoyed the experience once again when they picked up 2nd place for their efforts but there was some controversy as the crowd clearly thought that MLE should have had first. Here in the UK this incredibly busy team have been running the Firework Champions events for years having competed and won in 2006 and 2007 and then going on to win the British Firework Championships in Plymouth in 2005 and again in 2011.
Get along to Newby, especially if you live in the North and show your support to some of the best pyrotechnic display teams in the country showing their wares.